calavance n also callivance, cavalance OED ~ obs (1620-1880);
DAE (1682-); DJE sb (1634-1794). Type of small bean used esp for soup
(Dolichos barbadensis, D. sinensis).
1895 J A
Folklore viii, 38 Callivances: a species of white bean ... in contrast with the broad
English bean. [c1904] 1927 DOYLE (ed) 67 "The Kelligrews Soiree": There was birch rhine,
tar twine, / Cherry wine and turpentine; / Jowls and cavalances. P 245-61 ~ small bean.